Hello, hi! Today marks my first official Wedding Wednesday post! A few weeks ago, I posted about getting engaged and now I’m ready to share a little more about engaged life and the process of planning a wedding. I also want to share that I’ll be writing lots of Wedding Wednesday posts but I won’t be posting one every week. Edwin and I have a longer engagement so I’m afraid I’d run out of things to say if I posted every week. That brings me to today’s post… Wedding Wednesday: Setting a Date and a Location!
Our first step was to pick a date and location for our wedding. Edwin has expressed that he definitely wants to contribute to planning our wedding but he was very excited to let me pick the wedding location of my dreams. For me, location came down to my hometown of Phoenix or a destination somewhere in the South.
Thoughts on a Hometown Wedding:
I considered SO many details when I picked my location and there were so many reasons why I loved the idea of getting married at home. I was able to get a spring 2017 date at my top (and only) location of choice, which felt very right. I kept going back to the idea that I would be able to get ready in the bedroom I grew up in – so special! It would be easy for my Phoenix-based family friends and for Edwin’s Los Angeles-based family, friends, and family friends. It would also be very easy to plan from a distance because Santa Monica isn’t that far away. Phoenix is also absolutely gorgeous in the spring! However, I said it would be easy for my family friends, which is true, but I did not need to consider any of my family or my friends in relation to Phoenix because almost none of them live there.
Thoughts on a Southern Destination Wedding:
It really came down to the fact that I always pictured myself getting married in the South. My dad is from Atlanta and half of my family lives there so I grew up spending a lot of time in Georgia. My grandparents retired and moved to magical Sea Island. I always said I was going to get married on Sea Island. I loved the beach landscapes and the swamp landscapes and, most of all, I loved the dramatic oak trees draped in Spanish moss. For those of you who don’t know, Sea Island isn’t the easiest place in the world to get to so when it came time to pick a venue it just wasn’t very realistic. So, Charleston came into play. My sister went to the College of Charleston and a few years ago my parents bought a house in Charleston so they could split their time between Phoenix and the South. I spend a lot of time in Charleston and always have friends telling me how much they want to visit the city with me! Charleston is easy to get to for my family in Georgia and my other family and friends who live on the East Coast. Also, Edwin loves the city just as much as I do and his family was completely on board with a Charleston wedding!
Our Location and Date:
Without dragging this post on any longer… we’re getting married in Charleston in the fall of 2017! I’m beyond, beyond thrilled and excited! The 6 or so venues I considered were all booked for Saturdays in the spring of 2017 but we were so lucky to get a fall date at my top choice of venues! An engagement was actually called off so, as they say, one couples misfortunate was our gain (is that the expression?!). I had to let go of my vision of a spring wedding but, for me, the location ended up being more important than the time of year. I’m going to keep the venue a secret for now but was too excited to keep our Charleston news in! Also, if you follow me on Snapchat (@ jilliana5590) then you saw me cruising around Charleston and visiting venues two weeks ago. Below are a few snapshots from my wedding scouting weekend and be sure to stay tuned for more upcoming Wedding Wednesday posts about how Edwin and I met and about how to pick a wedding planner!
Outfit as seen here… P.S. My romper is on sale!